“Studies” are completed reports, plans, and other documents that have not been, nor are intended to be, adopted as part of a jurisdiction’s Comprehensive Plan.  These studies are intended to provide information, to serve as background for a future Comprehensive Plan element,  or to direct local government in some other way.

Please feel free to contact the Planning Department with any questions about these documents or their intended use.

Completed Studies

BCSC Safe Routes to School Plan
Camp Atterbury / Muscatatuck Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)
Central Avenue Corridor Land Use & Development Study
Golden Casting Foundry Site Redevelopment Options Study
State Street Corridor Revitalization Plan

BCSC Safe Routes to School Plan


The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corportation (BCSC) Safe Routes to School Plan was completed in 2012 through the efforts of the Bartholomew County Safe Routes to School Committee.  Along with the Planning Department, the committee is composed of representatives from the Engineering, Police and Parks Departments; the Metropolitan Planning Organization; Healthy Communities; the BCSC Transportation Department; and principals and teachers from each school.  With grant money received from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), the Bartholomew County Safe Routes to School Committee worked with consultants, Alta Planning & Design and Burgess & Niple, to create the BCSC Safe Routes to School Plan for nine schools (Lincoln CSA, Parkside, Richards, Schmitt, Smith, Southside, & Taylorsville Elementary and Central & Northside Middle School).  The plan identifies areas around each school that need intersection improvements, sidewalk repair, bicycle parking, enhanced lighting, or traffic control and provides recommendations for improvements.  The plan also includes various educational programs and incentives to support walking and biking to school.  The Planning Department managed the grant administration and contract and the day-to-day efforts of the consultants.  The plan has been adopted by the BCSC School Board and endorsed by the City Council and the County Commissioners.

BCSC Safe Routes to School Plan (PDF)

For information on the National Center for Safe Routes to School go to

Camp Atterbury /
Muscatatuck Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)

The Joint Land Use Study was completed in 2009 and is the result of a cooperative venture between the Indiana National Guard; Bartholomew, Brown, Jennings, and Johnson Counties; the City of Columbus; the Towns of Edinburgh and Prince’s Lakes; and the Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy.  The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Economic Adjustment .  The need for the study was generated by the rapid growth and substantial increase in the use of Camp Atterbury and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center by the Indiana National Guard and other branches of the military.  The study compared the long-term facilities and operational plans of the military installations with the land use patterns, transportation infrastructure, and future plans of the surrounding  communities.  The intent was to identify and manage any incompatibilities.  Common issues around military facilities include hazards to and from military aircraft and the noise created by military training exercises.  The objectives of the JLUS were to (1) encourage cooperative land use planning between military installations and the surrounding community; (2) seek ways to reduce the operational impacts of military installations on adjacent land; (3) reduce potential incompatibilities between the military installation and surrounding communities while still accommodating new growth and economic development; and (4) protect the general public’s health, safety, and welfare without compromising the operational missions of the installation.

Camp Atterbury / Muscatatuck Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) (PDF)

Central Avenue Corridor Land Use &
Development Study

The Central Avenue Corridor Study was completed in 2007 by Planning Department Intern Kim Bullerdick.  The study area included properties on either side of Central Avenue between State Street and Rocky Ford Road.  The purpose of the study was to collect data pertinent to existing and future land use and traffic patterns along this important street.  The intent of the study was to maximize long-term traffic efficiency and land use compatibility in the area.  The study process included a study of the physical characteristics of the area, interviews with community stakeholders, and a survey of corridor property owners and residents.  Major goals for the corridor identified by the study included maintaining traffic flow, maintaining a cohesive mix of residential and business uses, and improving walkability.  The study provided the groundwork for the 2010 Central Avenue Corridor Plan Comprehensive Plan element.

Central Avenue Corridor Land Use & Development Study (PDF)

Golden Casting Foundry Site Redevelopment
Options Study

The Golden Casting Foundry Site Redevelopment Options Study originally began in 2006.  At that time, all research in the document was completed.  In September 2012, the document was reopened, updated as needed for the purpose of further promoting and supporting the redevelopment of this area amd adopted by City Council October 2012.  The study examines the former Golden Casting Foundry site and vicinity, its physical conditions and area demographics, the opportunities that exist, and the recommended options for redevelopment.  The study is intended to identify general concepts for the future redevelopment of the foundry site.  The study does not include specific redevelopment proposals, timelines, or other specific details.

The Golden Casting Foundry Site Redevelopment Options Study (PDF)

State Street Corridor Revitalization Plan


The State Street Plan was completed in the early 2000s through a partnership between the City of Columbus, Bartholomew County, the Eastside Community Center and the Indiana Department of Commerce.  State Street is historically East Columbus’ “main street”, but in recent decades has seen a decline in its appeal.  The Plan is intended to identify community goals for the State Street corridor and to improve the functionality, walkability, and economic vitality of the area.  The Plan also sought to enhance State Street as a gateway to Columbus.  Currently this plan is not adopted as part of the Columbus Comprehensive Plan and is intend for use as a guide.  

State Street Corridor Revitalization Plan (PDF)

A process to draft a new plan for the State Street corridor is currently underway.  The City recently partnered with a consultant team to address issues related to transportation, land use, and market potential.  This plan is intended to be adopted as an element of the City of Columbus Comprehensive  Plan.

If you have questions about this ongoing process or would like to become involved, please contact Emilie Pinkston, Associate Planner at or (812) 376-2550.  Please also visit the project website.

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